The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 22, 2013

Minn. Senate panel passes background checks at gun shows

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ST. PAUL —

Majority Leader Tom Bakk said Wednesday that he is waiting to see what shape gun legislation takes in the House before moving forward in the Senate. Bakk said the bill calling for comprehensive background checks would "certainly" have trouble on the Senate floor.

NRA lobbyist Chris Rager said a House member will move to swap in Hilstrom's original bill when the gun debate eventually hits the House floor. He and Republicans have said that expanding background checks to gun show sales would ultimately do little to reduce gun crime.

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that the watered-down bill would be a smaller step forward than what he would like to sign into law.

"Something is always better than nothing," he said.

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